Almost three weeks ago, the world was baffled when NASA discovered a peculiar structure on Mars resembling spaghetti. While astronomers were pretty sure that the object was not some leftover from a table full of goodies that aliens had eaten, a precise explanation was lacking. But not anymore.
NASA declared in a statement issued a few days ago that the peculiar object is just part of the netting made using the polyester fiber Dacron. Meanwhile, some strong forces likely inflicted damage to the structure, leading to its current unrecognizable shape.
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The structure was spotted by the Perseverance rover of NASA, to be more precise, the machine that touched down on Mars back in February 2021.
As for the general purpose of the Perseverance rover, here’s what NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has to say:
A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover is characterizing the planet’s geology and past climate and paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet. Perseverance is the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith (broken rock and dust).
Planet Mars continues to be under the spotlight for astronomers. NASA also aims to send two more drones to our neighboring planet in order to explore it even more. You may have already guessed what the goal can be: bringing Martian rocks to Earth for a close-up study. The decision shouldn’t surprise us, considering that drones are already used for many purposes on our planet, so they’re slowly becoming an essential part of our technology.
While many of us are eager for NASA to reveal new findings from the Red Planet, one thing’s for sure: the chances of finding any little green men or anything similar are practically zero.